Why is Turkey the Destination for Tourists?

Traveling to Turkey

Best Places To Visit In Turkey

Turkey is a country that's tourism is concentrated largely on historical sites and blue beaches. It is located in the middle of  Asia and Europe. It views itself in Europe but most of the Anatolian region is in Asia.  US citizens can visit with an e-Visa, which is an official document permitting entry to travel within Turkey for a limited amount of days. Turkey is known as a great destination for tourists to travel because of places in Istanbul, Turkey like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, and its great food and a variety of beautiful beaches. 

In this article, we are discussing how to plan for a trip to Turkey and Some Great Food and Travel destinations in Turkey.

What Are Some Tips To Prepare For A Vacation In Turkey?

It's a great thing that you are doing your research for that vacation you have anticipated for so long. Occasionally, someone may remind you of something important that you may have overlooked in planning your vacation. So let us help you out with these fabulous tips for your trip to Turkey.

If you know them already, that's fine, but maybe there is something in here that you can definitely use on your journey. Be sure to share the article after you read it. Well here are 4 tips to get you going before you leave the country.

1. Check The Prices and Business Hours Of Tourist Destinations:

You should always research the popular destinations you would like to visit. Find out about their prices and the hours that they are open for business. You definitely don't want to leave the country without enough finances or time to enjoy your vacation. That would make the trip so stressful, and who has time for that.

Hotel in Turkey
Check the reviews of hotels. (Image is just an example, not an endorsement)

2. Make Sure To Check The Reviews of The Hotels:

Research hotels and apartments before you select one for vacation. Don't just choose, simply because of the luxurious photographs you view online. It's good to have a gorgeous room for a week or two, but make sure the reviews suggest the appearance, comfort, safety, and amenities are up to criterion.

Things to look for in Hotel reviews:
  • Look to see how many reviews there are about the hotel. The more reviews it has, the better chance of you getting a more accurate assessment. For example, when looking for a five-star hotel, a hotel with five stars (★★★★★) and 20 people to review it may not be as detailed of a review as a hotel with five stars (★★★★★) and 2,000 people to review it. The same goes for 4.7 or other ratings. Always look at the number of people that rated the establishment.
  • Research the safety of the locations you are looking to dwell in by taking the time to read the reviews carefully to see if that is the sort of establishment you desire to vacation.
international charger adapter for traveling
Take an international charger adapter

3. Carry an International charger adapter: 

Make sure you carry an international charger adaptor so you won't be stuck in another country without any means of communication. It's better to be safe than sorry. You want a charger that will work in your hotel room so you can stay in contact with people and google information if you need to.

Tips for an airplane flight to Turkey: Make sure to charge your mobile device up before going to the airport and have all the necessary items you need.

4. Ways to Pay For Things In Turkey

  • Credit Cards: Sometimes you may be able to use Visa or Master Card, but be sure to check with your credit card company to see if your particular card issued to you can be used in Turkey. If it can, you may want to let your card provider know the dates you'll be traveling, so they won't cut it off for being in that location, thinking it's stolen. That wouldn't be an enjoyable vacation with no finances.
  • Cash: When paying in cash, you want to get a fair deal on your currency exchange; therefore, knowledge is power. Pull up a currency converter on your smartphone, to see what the mid-market exchange rate is at the time. Also, make sure you start budgeting for your trip before you leave so that you will be able to have enough funds to have a good time.

What are Some of the Most Popular Foods in Turkey?

While in Turkey you may want to try a variety of foods. You can find foods like Gozleme, Pide, and much more.

Gozleme: A standard Turkish pastry that is usually loaded with salty white cheese, minced beef, or spinach.

Pide:  A famous baked Turkish flatbread stretched out long and filled with a combination of toppings, like sausage, cheese, spiced meat, and spinach.

For instance, Some Pides are: 

  • Sucuklu yumurta: may have spicy Turkish sausage, and egg mixed with kasar (yellow sheep cheese).
  • Ispanakli kasar: which may have spinach with cheese. 

Turkish Foods
Eat some great Turkish Foods

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What Are Some Historical Places of the Ottoman Era To Visit In Turkey?

When you are traveling, you may want to check out tourist attractions like Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sophia).

Blue Mosque in Turkey
Enjoy a trip to Blue Mosque

1. Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. This popular tourist attraction's interior design has blue tiles surrounding the walls. It was built between 1609 and 1616.

Visitor Information for The Blue Mosque
  • All visitors must take off their shoes and place them in a plastic bag.
  • Visits to the public are closed during prayer time, so be sure to check the hours of operation before planning a trip there.

2. Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace in Turkey
Topkapi Palace 

Topkapi Palace four main courtyards are:
  • First Court: Known as the Court of the Janissaries or the Parade Court.
  • Second Court: This court was used for the business of running the empire. It has a park-like setting.
  • Third Court: Foreign ambassadors and Important officials conducted business here.
  • Fourth Court: "The Fourth Courtyard (IV. Avlu), also known as the Imperial Sofa (Sofa-ı Hümâyûn), was more of an innermost private sanctuary of the sultan and his family, and consists of a number of pavilions, Kiosks (köşk), gardens and terraces. It was originally a part of the Third Courtyard but recent scholars have identified it as more separate to better distinguish it."

3. Hagia Sophia (Aya Sophia)

 The Aya Sophia, one of the oldest churches around the world has been turned into a mosque. It was declared a museum by Atatürk in 1935. It has incredible beauty, religious significance, rich history, and innovative architectural formation.

Turkey is a country full of beauty with a rich historical perspective. If you are visiting Turkey, it would be a memorable visit, as the magnificent view of historical monuments would never be discovered anywhere in the world. 

Beach in Turkey
Beautiful blue water beach in Turkey

Beaches in The Country Of Turkey

With Turkey's online visa, tourists will have a chance to visit some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It is famous due to its unique foods and the beauty of its blue water beaches is amazing for its tourists. Most beach resorts are along the southern and southwestern coast along the Mediterranean coast near Antalya.

Kaputas Beach
Impressive Kaputas Beach

Here are a couple of beautiful Beaches in Turkey:

  • Kaputas Beach- A small beach near mountains. Kaputas Beach is on a bay surrounded by cliffs.
  • Konyaalti Beach: It is to the west of Antalya, with the Taurus Mountains in the background.

 Traveling to Turkey on a Cruise

For travelers using cruise ships and the sea path, there is no requirement for visas

Tips for day trips from a cruise ship in Turkey:

  • You may visit on a day trip from your cruise ship without your passport.
  • Carry a photocopy with you, if your passport is kept by the cruise line for safekeeping.

This is because of special arrangements made by the cruise lines so that the passengers can go on shore excursions. This arrangement helps to protect the passenger from loss or theft of their passports while enjoying the scenery of turkey magical beaches and shopping. It also eliminates the need for passengers to obtain visitor visas from Turkey. This is only for cruise passengers. Going to Turkey through other transportation, you will need a visa.

We recommend that you always check the travel advisory for the time you are planning your trip to Turkey. Have a wonderful and safe vacation.

Author: Arica Green - Arica G
Author: Arica  Green (Arica G) is the Founder and Editor of  Inveigle Magazine. She created a premiere Lifestyle, Fashion, and Beauty Magazine to entice you towards positive change and increase the quality of life. With Arica's love for writing and informing the Universe about a variety of topics, Inveigle Magazine was born. 

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